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Run In the Dark for a very good cause

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On Wednesday 14th of November 25,000 people ran in the dark all over the world to raise funds for and awareness of the Mark Pollock Trust, a charity raising funds to cure paralysis. Here in Edinburgh, we were part of this incredible global running event on what was a very special night for us all. It was our role to organise the event here in Edinburgh, ensure the safety of the runners and to make sure everyone taking part had a great experience!

66 dedicated runners undertook a 5km in the dark, along trails and up a rather steep hill, to make it back to the warmth of the pub and a celebratory drink. There were plenty of happy smiles along the way from runners and marshals and lots of happy runners at the end.

Thank you all coming along to run with us and we hope to see you all again next year!

#runinthedark

 

 

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Doctors in Scotland prescribing nature to their patients

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The health initiative in this article, rolled out in Shetland is right up our street. Since October 5, doctors in Shetland have been authorised to prescribe ‘nature’ to their patients. This means getting out in the fresh air regularly, moving more, getting more vitamin D and generally taking time for yourself.

We know that being outside is of course physically beneficial, just look at us :D. It’s also mentally beneficial as we get away from the stresses of daily life, let our mind have some breathing space and do something different from our daily routine.

It’s also a chance for us all to engage in nature and the landscape around us. Here in Scotland we have so many beautiful areas to visit and sometimes we just need that push to make the time to enjoy them.

Organising run tours in Edinburgh, we are obviously out and about a lot; however we still need to make the time to get out of the city (as wonderful as it is!) and go and immerse ourselves in nature. So as well as planning another great year of run tours and developing our services in 2019 (watch this space…), we are also planning plenty more of our own escapes in the great outdoors.

So do you get your weekly dose of nature and have you any exciting outdoor adventures coming up?

Visiting a new city on a conference? Then see the city and not just the 4 walls of your meeting room.

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The guys & gals at the Linux Foundation Conference – EICC 

You are going away for a conference. It’s a new city you have never been to. You have heard it’s beautiful, steeped in history and full of incredible monuments and attractions. If only you were going to have to see any of it!

At Edinburgh Run Tours we have a solution to your lack of time and lack of knowledge of the area; come on a run tour with us!

Here are 4 GREAT reasons you should join us for #runtour when you next visit Edinburgh.

1) It’s a great way to see the city quickly

When you are only in town for a couple of days and 99% of that time is going to be spent in a conference centre or meeting room, then a whistle-tour running (or walking) tour is the perfect way to see the city all before breakfast!

2) Actually see the sights!

See more than just the 4 walls of the meeting room. How many conferences have you been to where the most you have seen is the hotel lobby? We have all been to some amazing cities, but would barely know it. Running tours mean you actually get to see some of the main sights of the city you are visiting so you can send postcards of things you have actually seen!

3) Help small local businesses

There are run tours in cities and towns all over the world and the majority of us are all very small local businesses. We are doing something we love, sharing the passion of where we live and trying to build a sustainable business from it. Getting out in the city you are visiting and using local companies and visiting local places is vital to enable us to continue what we do. Plus we genuinely get a kick out of showing you our city.

4) Look after yourself

I am also a personal trainer and work in the outdoors events industry, so I can’t not mention the benefits of fitness and being active. Do you think delegates are more productive if they have sat down indoors all day, or if they have been for a quick running or walking tour, breathed in some fresh air, got the heart pumping and the muscles working? I know I am biased, but I am pretty sure it’s the latter!

We are Edinburgh Run Tours and we create bespoke running and walking tours and fitness experiences for corporate groups, incentives and special occasions. If you are bringing a conference or incentive group to Edinburgh then message me directly to see what we can organise for you.

Contact me directly for more information or head to our website: www.edinburghruntours.com

We hope to see you soon in Edinburgh!

 

#edinburgh #conference #incentive #runtour #eicc #linux #MICE #runtour #edinburghruntours

 

Welcoming our new guide Michael

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Nicole & Michael leading the Brooks Run Happy Run Tour 

 

I want to take this opportunity to officially welcome Michael to the Edinburgh Run Tours Team. Michael has been a guide with us now for a couple of months, but we have been so busy over summer with our run tours that I am only just getting the time now to let everyone know!

Michael is a superstar guide and has already racked up a plethora of 5* reviews from lots of very happy running clients. I can’t say I am surprised! Michael knows the city like the back of his hand, he always has a smile ready for you, he has great chat and of course he is a fantastic runner!

Michael has dual nationality, Spanish and American and is studying to be a personal trainer here in Edinburgh and he is more than happy to take you on a running tour in Spanish should you wish.

Michael is not only a great runner but a fantastic obstacle course racer. Having come first at the Beach Ballistic Race in Aberdeen over the summer, he is now heading to the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in London in October. He is training hard, but don’t worry if you run with him he won’t make you climb over walls or carry heavy sandbags as you run, unless you really want to!

Michael has this to say about himself, “I love running and cycling around hilly Edinburgh, searching for hidden trails and learning quirky features of this gorgeous city. Getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself mentally and physically is my mantra. Let me show you around the beautiful architecture of “the Athens of the north” or the natural beauty that surrounds it, while keeping fit and happy! My favourite run tour is the 7 Hills.”

Welcome Michael! It is great to have you as part of the Edinburgh Run Tours team.

Nicole

 

The Trainers & Tea Run Tour

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The feeling of new trainers is always a great one, so when Brooks asked us to come along and try out their new Levitate and Glycerin trainers we couldn’t say no!

It was a fantastic evening, with a great turn out and it even stopped raining briefly while we all did our run tour of the city! It wasn’t just trying out new trainers that made this such a special run tour, but because we got to finish off back at Eteaket’s amazing tea room where we were plied with their cold brew teas and cake!

Thanks to Eteaket for hosting us, John at Brooks for giving us this fab opportunity and of course everyone coming along and running with us and experiencing the Edinburgh Run Tours experience!

 

Taking on the Challenge of Edinburgh 24

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EDI 24 AND ME

 

In just over one month I will be ‘running’ around Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park for 24 hours as part of a team of four taking part in the Edinburgh 24. I put the word running in quotation marks as I am not sure how much running I will be doing at 3am….Am I nervous? Yes, definitely! I have run ultras, but I have never got to the 24 hour mark and although I am doing this as part of a team, I still need to be awake and active for that time. Am I excited? Hell yes! I can’t wait! I LOVE Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park.

Like so many others, this amazing oasis of calm within the city, shaped by a volcano over 30 million years ago, is my place to escape the city for a few hours. It is where I come to relax, walk off the day’s stress and meet with friends for a run. I never get tired of the views as I walk up to the summit or around Salisbury Craggs and Dunsapie Loch. I regularly take my Edinburgh Run Tours up Arthur’s Seat and around the park for runs and sunrise picnics, and each time I am just as excited about the ever-changing views as are the visitors to the city that I take up there, (I am not always so excited about the ever – changing weather though!).

I signed up for this race on a whim in the new-year, when I was looking for different and exciting challenges. I then managed to find 3 other people as crazy as me, willing to form part of a team. I would like to say that we are all hard in training, but our first team meeting revolved around dinner and deciding what should be on our playlist (80s!). However, as I run most days, have a few races already under my belt this year and go up Arthur’s Seat at least twice a week, I am confident I can do my part, although running through the night does make me slightly apprehensive as it is an unknown for me. What I do know though, is that experiencing 24 hour’s in the life of Arthur’s Seat is going to be incredible!

Arthur’s Seat and Royal Holyrood Park are the stuff of legends; of warrior kings, knights, ghosts and hidden cities and who doesn’t want to be part of that?

The race is not just for those crazy enough to run for 24 hours, there are also much more accessible 6 hour and 12 hour options; all of which can be done as an individual, in a pair or part of a team of 4. There will be an around the clock event village providing refreshments and medals for all those who take part and supporters are extremely welcome, especially if you come laden with jelly babies and lots of positive vibes!

You can sign-up and find out full event details here: http://www.breakingstrain.co.uk/edinburgh-24/

 

“What is a running tour?”….

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This is a question I get asked almost every day when I tell people that I have a running tour company. I get the same blank look from non-runners and runners alike and the question, “what is a running tour?”.

A running tour, in its most simple form is pretty much a guided tour, usually of a city like Edinburgh, where you run the sights rather than walk them. You may wonder who on earth wants to do this when they go on holiday, or you might be one of those people who don’t go anywhere without packing their running kit!

You might be a weekly Park Runner, a Couch to 5k’er, a 10km whizz, a trail runner aficionado, a before work training runner… we all share the same love of running and take the attitude of ‘why walk when we can run?’

Joining on a running tour means no faffing around trying to find routes before you leave. It is a way of seeing a new place without the worry that you will end up getting lost and being very late back to the rest of your waiting family or to your business meeting. Having someone else taking responsibility for the run, means you don’t need to stick to laps around the park next to the hotel to get your running fix. Running with a guide means discovering the best of the city and all those parts that you may otherwise miss because they are not in the guide books.

I love when people join a tour and at the end they tell you how they have seen so much more than they would have done if they had tried to do it alone.

You might be apprehensive about getting a running guide. You might think you are not fast enough and that you will hold the group back; or that you cannot run far enough. With most city running tours this is definitely not the case. It is about going at a leisurely pace in order to fully appreciate the sights, learn about them and of course take plenty of selfies along the way!

At Edinburgh Run Tours, our two passions are running and showing you around our amazing city. We want you to have the best experience possible so that you go away telling everyone how much you enjoyed it. For that reason, our tours are personalised and we keep the groups very small or just for you. This means that we run at a speed you are comfortable with and we discuss the pace and the length of the route with you before you start. Having your own guide, means a tour tailored to you; whether that is seeing the sights, going for a longer training run, or getting on the trails and trying something a bit different!

If you are that person who packs their running kit with them wherever they go, then we would love to see you on one of our running tours very soon and please do spread the Running Tours word as you will find running guides in almost every city you go to! If you are in Edinburgh then make sure you look us up and if you are in another city, a great place to look for a guide is or  : http://www.runningtours.net or http://www.gorunningtours.com.

Happy Running!

Nicole